Cuban authorities knowingly sent wrong tourist corpses to grieving families in Canada and Russia

From our Bureau of Socialist Funerary Compassion and Social Justice with some assistance from our Pitfalls of Apartheid Tourism Bureau

Ever wonder what happened on the Russian side of April’s switched tourist corpse story? The wait is over. As it turns out, it seems that the error was revealed to Castro, Inc. BEFORE the wrong corpses were shipped.

The Russian tourist was Ilya Neroev, 51. According to his daughter Anna, his family was just as horrified by the switched corpses as the Canadian family. But the Russians have now revealed that one of their family members –the dead man’s girlfriend, who had traveled to Cuba with him — tried to tell the Cuban authorities they had the wrong corpse, but those authorities refused listen to her.

No one seems to know how the Russian tourist died. He simply vanished from his hotel, much to his girlfriend’s dismay. A few days after reporting his disappearance to Cuban authorities, the girlfriend was taken to a morgue to identify the his corpse, but was instead shown the Canadian tourist’s corpse.

Although she insisted that this was not Ilya Neroev, the Cuban authorities refused to do anything about the mix up. Instead, they immediately whisked her away from the morgue, insisting that disfigurement was a natural effect of death, and that this was indeed the Russian tourist’s corpse. Case closed, wrong bodies shipped.

Neroev’s family buried the corpse even though it didn’t look like him. At the burial service, Orthodox priests echoed what the Cuban authorities had said: “yeah, no big deal, corpses get disfigured.” They only discovered the truth when the Canadian family raised a ruckus and the story went viral.

And now, several weeks after the error was discovered, both corpses still remain in the countries to which they were mistakenly sent.

So how is that for compassion? Unfortunately, such callousness is one of the chief characteristics of Castro, Inc.’s approach to everything.

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias

Anna Neroeva, the daughter of the Russian whose body ended up mistakenly in Canada, asserts that the family still doesn’t know what happened to her father and that the man’s body remains in a morgue in that country.

“The most likely scenario is that the authorities simply don’t want to understand what happened. As for dad, he just went to exchange money and never returned,” the woman told local media.

Neroeva, a resident of Chelyabinsk, recounted that they buried “the wrong person. Dad was never returned.” The man disappeared on March 22, and his girlfriend, with whom he traveled to Cuba, filed the report.

“They took her to the corpse. According to her, the body was covered, only the head was exposed. They showed it to her, and then they took her away from there immediately. She wanted to make a scene to find out what happened, but they told her he had gone into the water and probably had a heart attack or drowned,” she detailed.

In Cuba, they began conducting tests to determine the exact cause of the man’s death and send the body to Chelyabinsk. After three weeks, they received someone else.

“I was in shock. My relatives asked me questions: ‘Who is this?’ I mean, why does he look so different? The priests assured me that it’s normal for these kinds of changes to occur when embalming the body,” she explained.

“A few days later, the Canadian embassy contacted my father’s girlfriend. It turned out the body was in that country,” she added.

Last April, relatives of the Canadian tourist Faraj Allah Jarjour, of Syrian origin, told their country’s press that the man had died during a vacation in Varadero and that, after paying ten thousand dollars for the repatriation of the body, they had received the wrong corpse.

Allah Jarjour, 68, died after suffering a heart attack while bathing on the beach. Mismanagement led to the man’s body lying on the sand for about eight hours awaiting the necessary procedures.

He stayed at the Mélia Varadero on March 20 and died two days later. According to the family, there were no lifeguards near the beach, nor medical staff at the hotel facilities. When they received the body in Canada, there was a Russian inside the coffin, about 20 years younger than Faraj.

Following the incident, Cuban Chancellor Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla had to apologize on the social network X to his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, for the mistake.

The official, who described the incident as an “unfortunate incident,” said Havana was investigating what had happened.

At the end of April, more than a month after the death, the Syrian’s family confirmed they had located their father in Russia. Nothing else was known until now when Neroeva revealed more details of what happened.

“We will have a DNA test and an exhumation to send the body to the Canadians,” she said, clarifying that her father, for the past two months, “is still in the morgue.”

2 thoughts on “Cuban authorities knowingly sent wrong tourist corpses to grieving families in Canada and Russia”

  1. The Castronoids are not just callous; they’re also chapuceros, notoriously so, as in carelessly incompetent.

    By the way, Carlos, that’s a beautiful engraving. Is it the death of Alexander the Great?

  2. Ah, found it. Not Alexander, but another classical subject, the death of Hector from Homer’s Iliad. Nice, but far too elevated for this grimly tawdry business which sounds like tabloid fare.

Leave a Comment